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Sr. Men's Footwear Designer

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Carlsbad, CA

Jun 21
Job Description

The Sr. Designer will design and create footwear under the Men’s Sandals category at Reef. Your goal will be to partner with the Women's Sandals Design team, under the direction of the footwear Design Director, to implement key strategies, concepts and projects. You will work closely with the Development and Product Management teams to resolve seasonal color stories, graphics, tech packages and merchandising stories.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work with the Design Director to create a meaningful connection between Reef’s target male consumer and the brand vision, design language, and product direction.
Execute individual designs and collections appropriate to seasonal briefs.
Lead presentations with strong verbal and visual execution.
Travel with the team to overseas factories in China, sales meetings, select trade shows, and significant retail regions/districts.
Oversee and manage direct report(s).
Act as a mentor and teacher to less experienced designers on staff.
Develop and maintain productive, effective, and professional relationships with peers, superiors, vendors, and others.

REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in Design or relevant field
Minimum 10 years of footwear design experience

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES:
Knowledgeable in current cultural, fashion, footwear and related trends; ability to apply them appropriately.
Comprehensive knowledge of sandal design and constructions.
Ability to efficiently communicate in sketch form and respond to questions from management and other employees of the organization.
Practical experience in the field of design.
Highly motivated, a team player and motivated self-starter.
Exceptional attention to detail.
Interested in beach fashions and lifestyle.
Proficient in Mac OS, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop applications.

NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.

REEF

REEF: Beach Freely Reef was born in 1984 out of an ideal by Fernando and Santiago Aguerre, entrepreneur brothers from South America with a love for surf travel and adventure, and a passion to create a high-quality active lifestyle sandal. Over 30 years later, the company is the beach lifestyle leader that lives by the "Fun, Freedom and Spirit of the beach" mentality. That mentality draws on the spirit of the beach lover to offer casual lifestyle footwear and apparel that combines function and fashion for life and a “beach state of mind”. Prioritizing comfort, technology and eco-based materials, Reef continually delivers instant comfort, style, and versatility for the beach lifestyle and outdoor-minded consumer. As an organization, Reef is comprised of a diverse group of surfers, artists, and innovators all driven by the same passion and relentless spirit of our founders. It’s that same spirit that attracts some of the greatest surf legends, like Mick Fanning, Rob Machado and Taylor Knox to be not only our Ambassadors, but our friends and partners in bringing unparalleled product to life. As an industry leader, Reef is committed to setting the standard for socially responsible innovation and humanitarian outreach. Our materials are less toxic and produce less environmental waste throughout their entire lifecycle, and our WeHeart program encourages employees and brand advocates to give back to local and global causes to help people in need. Start your journey at REEF.